Apple: Medtronic has developed 175 iPhone and iPad apps for employees to use

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Apple: Medtronic has developed 175 iPhone and iPad apps for employees to use

July 23, 2014 12:36 pm by | 0 Comments

Updated: When I tuned into Apple’s quarterly earning conference call yesterday, my goal was to get more information on its IBM collaboration, particularly what it could do with Watson’s big…


FTC commissioner isn’t a fan of some mobile health companies’ data-sharing practices

FTC commissioner isn’t a fan of some mobile health companies’ data-sharing practices

July 24, 2014 8:52 am by | 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill, speaking in Washington on Wednesday, expressed concern about the way apps on smartphones and mobile devices are siphoning sensitive health data,…


Medical tablet could connect cardiology patients with doctors in Africa

Medical tablet could connect cardiology patients with doctors in Africa

July 24, 2014 5:15 am by | 0 Comments

Mobile technologies are rapidly being applied to the healthcare setting, but a recent development in Cameroon is thought to be a first “medical tablet” on the African continent. Arthur Zang,…



OpenFDA: What’s good, what’s bad and what needs to be fixed right now

OpenFDA: What’s good, what’s bad and what needs to be fixed right now

July 23, 2014 5:25 pm by | 0 Comments

On June 3, the FDA launched OpenFDA, in an attempt to take large internal datasets and make them more accessible and usable by the developer and business community. OpenFDA is…


Everyone wants healthcare data, so Privacy Analytics makes sure it’s anonymized properly

Everyone wants healthcare data, so Privacy Analytics makes sure it’s anonymized properly

July 23, 2014 9:21 am by | 0 Comments

The privacy of health data has slowly crawled into the crosshairs of both investors and startups as health systems go digital. Several new companies, like Medable, offering to help health providers…


Children’s Hospital CMIO turns entrepreneur to more rapidly detect patient data breaches

Children’s Hospital CMIO turns entrepreneur to more rapidly detect patient data breaches

July 23, 2014 7:00 am by | 0 Comments

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is working with DreamIt Ventures through its Open Canvas@CHOP program to identify enterprise software applications and commercially viable companies. It recently selected two companies from the…


Report: Health IT leads healthcare M&A activity

Report: Health IT leads healthcare M&A activity

July 23, 2014 5:22 am by | 0 Comments

Mergers and acquisitions across healthcare, pharma and health IT are on the rise, having increased by 18 percent since the second half of 2013, with health IT outpacing all other…


NY hospital plugs innovation center into Blueprint Health accelerator

NY hospital plugs innovation center into Blueprint Health accelerator

July 23, 2014 4:30 am by | 0 Comments

It’s not unusual for hospitals to have innovation centers these days, but the folks at New York Presbyterian Hospital have chosen an interesting satellite office for theirs: in the offices…



UnitedHealthcare opens up price check app to anyone who wants to crunch the numbers

UnitedHealthcare opens up price check app to anyone who wants to crunch the numbers

July 22, 2014 9:53 pm by | 0 Comments

Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare has expanded its free mobile app, Health4Me, to all healthcare consumers, not just United customers. The tool includes a doctor search and the ability to review market average…


Apple’s other smartwatch, the ‘iTime,’ looks more like a phone and less like a health gadget

Apple’s other smartwatch, the ‘iTime,’ looks more like a phone and less like a health gadget

July 22, 2014 4:23 pm by | 0 Comments

The Patent Office has just granted Apple a patent for another smartwatch. In the patent application, Apple refers to the device as the “iTime.” The iTime responds to gestures, and…


What can healthcare industry learn from Nike Fuelband vending machine?

What can healthcare industry learn from Nike Fuelband vending machine?

July 22, 2014 2:07 pm by | 0 Comments

Nike opened a vending machine in New York City in what looks like an incentives experiment for using its Fuelband. If Nike Fuelband users do enough activity, they scan their…


Beware of the health apps! They’re no substitute for real care, osteopathic docs warn

Beware of the health apps! They’re no substitute for real care, osteopathic docs warn

July 22, 2014 9:30 am by | 0 Comments

At its annual shindig in Chicago, physicians in the American Osteopathic Association over the weekend agreed to warn patients that health apps and websites are no substitute for a visit to…


Who made the cut for New York Digital Health Accelerator?

Who made the cut for New York Digital Health Accelerator?

July 22, 2014 7:04 am by | 0 Comments

New York Digital Health Accelerator has picked seven health IT startups and growth-stage companies for its four-month program. The hopes for the accelerator companies is that they are as effective…


Leaders explain how they got on the most wired hospitals 2014 list

Leaders explain how they got on the most wired hospitals 2014 list

July 22, 2014 6:28 am by | 0 Comments

Plenty of fodder for the hospital crowd in today’s discussion on America’s “Most Wired” hospitals, led by the American Hospital Association as part of  its Health Forum Leadership Summit. Here’s a…


Narrow networks getting wide attention from regulators

Narrow networks getting wide attention from regulators

July 22, 2014 6:04 am by | 1 Comments

With the proliferation of narrow networks being rolled out as a cost-containing effort on health plan costs, the Obama administration and state insurance commissioners are vowing to more closely scrutinize…


Survey: HIT consultants better paid, happier than full-timers

Survey: HIT consultants better paid, happier than full-timers

July 22, 2014 5:48 am by | 0 Comments

A survey found that 43 percent of consultants working in the health IT realm were “very satisfied” with their jobs, while a meager 19 percent of full-time health IT workers…